Moscow authorizes the production of the upgraded and upgraded Sukhoi Su-34

Moscow authorizes the production of the upgraded and upgraded Sukhoi Su-34

The Sukhoi company, under the orders of the Russian Defense, is proceeding with the modernization of the Sukhoi Su-34 bomber (NATO code "Fullback") according to reports from an industry source to the Interfax agency.

According to the source, the contract was signed and in the parameters established by the agreement it is deduced that the Su-34's combat capabilities will be enhanced through the upgrade of avionics, the provision of new electronic warfare (EW) equipment and through the implementation of new weapons.

This update, which does not include the retrofit of the cells already delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), concerns a real development of a new enhanced version whose study dates back to last year when the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, visiting the Sukhoi plants in Novosibirsk, asked the company to introduce changes and updates resulting from the experience acquired in the war operations in Syria for the realization of a totally renewed version.

A year of time, therefore, essential for the two parties to discuss the requirements and the related construction costs, to reach the agreement that was already discussed in 2017 as anticipated at the time by Defense Analysis.

The factories of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant Company (NAPO) in charge of the series production of the Su-34 make about 16-18 aircraft of this type on average each year for the VKS and in 2019 the company should deliver the last 8 Su-34 concluding deliveries one year ahead of schedule compared to what was established in the last contract signed in 2012.

Serial production of the Su-34 began in April 2005 and in 2008 a first contract was signed with deliveries spread over five years for the supply of the first 32 specimens.

According to the intentions of the Russian Defense, the staff of the two Russian Air Forces (Air Force and Navy) would need no less than 200 Su-34, a number that does not appear exaggerated considering that in the not too distant future, the radiation of the old will be necessary & nbsp; Su-24 "Fencer" still present in the two Russian Forces in just under 300 specimens.

The fact that the new aircraft (formally adopted in 2014) requires the creation of an updated version is not an anomaly: we remember that the first flight of the T-10V-1 prototype took place in 1990 to which were added about another 20 years of tests and refinement tests changing in this long period three components of its avionics and reaching more than 10 years ago in its definitive and current form.

His effective intervention in Syria added to an updated version could ultimately help make the export version of the Su-34 more attractive in order to prolong the workload in the Sukhoi plants.

Made on the basis of the Su-27 "Flanker", the Su-34 borrows from the old Su-24 only the formula of the seats of the two pilots side by side but from the "Flanker" it inherits the elegant aerodynamic line that also allows it a good agility in flight, its known range up to 4,000 km and the maximum speed of 1900 km / h.

Designed for precision attacks and medium-range bombing missions every time, the Su-34 is armed with a 30 mm GSh-301 cannon and can carry up to 8000 kg of armament distributed under the 12 attack points of it has.

Among these, in addition to the classic air-to-air armament for self-defense (AA-10, AA-11 and AA-12 missiles), it can embark air-to-ground missiles with a laser or TV guide, guided bombs, anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles, as well as to the classic unguided armament such as rockets and free-falling bombs.

Born in Catania in 1978, he graduated in written and hypertext communication sciences. Since 1998 he has collaborated with some sector magazines on the exclusive subject of Soviet and Russian military aviation. From 2003 he began working with Defense Analysis dealing with the MAKS air show in Moscow; subsequently he prepared dossiers on some historical Russian aeronautical design bureaus (Tupolev, Beriev) and on the history of Russian air-to-air missiles. He is currently involved in the export of Russian military aircraft and helicopters worldwide.

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